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A Measure of Relief from the EPA…for Now

A Measure of Relief from the EPA…for Now

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It’s been announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a 90-day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills.

Last August, EPA issued updated guidelines for existing landfills, as well as standards for newly built, modified, or reconstructed  … Read More

A Terminal Lake’s Fate

A Terminal Lake’s Fate

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The Salton Sea is a terminal lake with no outlet. It was created by accident between 1905 and 1907, when water from the Colorado River flooded the basin. Since then, it has been fed largely by water flowing from the Imperial Valley’s farms. And today this desert lake is the  … Read More

Construction Drone Buyer’s Guide

Construction Drone Buyer’s Guide

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If you’ve had a freelancer flying drones over your construction projects, you know the advantages of regular aerial photography. As you increase the frequency of your drone flights, purchasing your own drone and having a licensed pilot on staff will make the most financial sense.

While you might think the best  … Read More

The Doomsday Vault

The Doomsday Vault

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You’ve probably heard of the Global Seed Vault, a facility located in the Arctic that houses 500 million seeds collected from around the world. The vault is buried beneath the permafrost, and its purpose is to keep safe a supply of seeds we could use to regenerate our food supplies  … Read More

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

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China covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels in 2015. It also installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, according to Greenpeace statistics. And it appears to be aiming for domination of one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Chinese  … Read More

Getting You to a Safe Place

Getting You to a Safe Place

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One statistic is the reason for what some would call a “movement” in the waste industry, at least where SWANA is involved.

Here it is…the solid waste industry is the 5th most dangerous industry in the country.

SWANA Safety Program battles the fact that we’re the 5th most dangerous industry in the  … Read More

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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Water agency rate structures typically recover costs by charging consumers per gallon, which means that when usage drops, rates have to go up. In many cases, that means that it costs rate payers more to conserve water.

The financial logic is simple. If a company sells less of something, it has  … Read More

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

Deploying Plastic Against Itself

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The amount of plastic debris in the oceans now amounts to hundreds of millions of tons, much of it concentrated in gyres or patches each the size of a largish US state. Although it doesn’t really go away, plastic does break down into smaller pieces—microplastics—that are easily ingested by birds  … Read More

3D Revolution

3D Revolution

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There was recently some big news on the 3D printing front. NASA has awarded $100,000 to the winners of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Phase 2, according to the website 3D Printing Industry. Foster and Partners, which is a studio for design and architecture in the UK, won a cash  … Read More

A Costly Error

A Costly Error

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A few weeks ago at my nephew’s little league baseball game, the umpire made a mistake during the game. He insisted that there were only two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. On a higher level and despite the use of high-definition monitors, instant replay, and slow motion  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

Energy Storage Solutions – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs and Reader Favorite articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Stormwater magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Stormwater content.  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

Erosion Control—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Erosion Control magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Erosion Control  … Read More

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

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A few weeks ago we discussed the repeal of the Waters of the US rule, a policy that in 2015 expanded the types of waterways protected by the federal government to include smaller streams that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources.

On February 28, President Trump signed an executive  … Read More

Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

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Geoffrey Moore’s book, Crossing the Chasm, speaks to the moment when disruptive technologies make the leap from early adopter to early majority customers, signaling the maturity of a technology and its acceptance as a mainstream solution. This, I think, is where we stand today in the public transit arena with  … Read More

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

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Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)  … Read More

Constructed Wetlands for Erosion Control and Stormwater Mitigation

Constructed Wetlands for Erosion Control and Stormwater Mitigation

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Many people think of wetlands as smelly, mosquito-ridden nuisances, but healthy wetlands provide habitat for birds, fish, amphibians, bats, and other insects that live on mosquitoes. Wetlands are home to more than one-third of the United States’ threatened and endangered species, according to EPA.  … Read More

Remote Control Blade Runners

Remote Control Blade Runners

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The inside of a working gas turbine is a harsh environment. It’s unbearably hot. Spinning blades are in continual motion. These factors make it challenging to inspect and repair turbines without taking them out of service. But engineers at GE’s Global Research Center are working on a solution—and it involves  … Read More

Reducing Coastal Erosion

Reducing Coastal Erosion

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There is a saying that the only thing constant in life is change. In the realm of coastal environments, nothing could be more true. The shifting winds, the tides, and rains are what has created the often beautiful vistas of coastal landscape, the diversity of habitats and ecosystems: stones ground  … Read More

The Beach Is Back

The Beach Is Back

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Some property owners in Florida and other coastal regions are no doubt feeling a bit jealous right now. Beach renourishment—the process of adding sand to an eroding beach—is a costly and painstaking process, and one that in many cases must be repeated to maintain a viable stretch of land. It  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

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There is an industry-wide push right now to use fan arrays based on efficiency, redundancy, and fit. Not too long ago, the only fans in use in air handlers were double-width, double-inlet (DWDI) fans. In recent years, engineers and facility personnel have begun to understand how plenum fans, if applied  … Read More

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

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Given that energy sustainability and energy economics are top-of-mind among business leaders, politicians, and the public these days, hydrogen fuel cells may be viewed as a savior technology. If that statement seems hyperbolic, there is plenty of statistical evidence to support the growth of fuel cell use for both stationary  … Read More

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

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Engineers don’t usually have the opportunity to actually operate the earthmoving equipment being used to turn their designs into reality. But any engineer with field experience can’t help but respect the operators of these machines. These are complicated, sophisticated pieces of equipment that make high demands on the skill and  … Read More

Squaring Off on the Right to Repair Debate

Squaring Off on the Right to Repair Debate

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As a journalist, I truly appreciate the “Right to Repair” debate. There are two sides to the story and both have strong, legitimate arguments. If you haven’t heard of it, put simply, owners feel they should be allowed to fix their equipment, and manufacturers don’t want to release company secrets.  … Read More



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